Arsene Wenger says that hot-shot Alexis Sanchez could do with a rest, but that the importance of upcoming games makes it a difficult decision to make.
The Chilean has just scored just once in his last 11 games and his performances have been as hard-working as ever, but clearly affected by legs which aren’t as sharp as they were in the first half of the season.
The Frenchman is keen to give him some rest, but also aware that any game without one of your best players becomes more of a challenge.
“He’s a bit fatigued,” he said. “Also, because he is in a position where he has scored less, he wants to force his game and then he is more included in physical battles.
“Maybe goalscoring is on his mind so he wants to do too much and he wants to force his game.”
And on the delicate question of leaving him out of the staring line-up, he admitted, “I’m tempted at some stage, I have been for a long time. It’s not that he won’t let me, I will decide that!
“It’s just that every game now is so important, you always have a hesitation to do it.”
If we had to put money on it, we’d back the former Barcelona man to start tomorrow’s game against Newcastle on the bench, but it remains to be seen if the Arsenal manager has enough faith in the other options available to him right now.